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All Music Guide - Andy Whitman
For many people, the word "Florida" conjures up images of sunshine, white-hot sands, and white-hot nightlife. That's not the Florida JJ Grey inhabits. Sounding forth from his ancestral home 40 miles outside of Jacksonville, Grey's Florida is inhabited by water moccasins, gators, and characters whose murky, besotted Southern Gothic pasts match the dreary, desolate landscape. On Country Ghetto, his third album and debut for Alligator Records of course, Grey and his bandmates revisit the hallowed but largely forsaken musical environs of swamp rock. Taking their cues from early Creedence Clearwater Revival and Tony Joe White, Mofro play a slinky, sinuous brand of Louisiana ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Whitman
For many people, the word "Florida" conjures up images of sunshine, white-hot sands, and white-hot nightlife. That's not the Florida JJ Grey inhabits. Sounding forth from his ancestral home 40 miles outside of Jacksonville, Grey's Florida is inhabited by water moccasins, gators, and characters whose murky, besotted Southern Gothic pasts match the dreary, desolate landscape. On Country Ghetto, his third album and debut for Alligator Records of course, Grey and his bandmates revisit the hallowed but largely forsaken musical environs of swamp rock. Taking their cues from early Creedence Clearwater Revival and Tony Joe White, Mofro play a slinky, sinuous brand of Louisiana soul-funk-blues, while Grey himself alternates between the good ol' boy debauchery of Ronnie Van Zant and Lynyrd Skynyrd and the classic soul entreaties of Otis Redding and Clarence Carter. There are highlights everywhere. "Footsteps" quotes from Link Wray's incomparable surf stomp "Rumble" before morphing into the dirty swamp boogie of "Turpentine." "A Woman" finds Grey in pleading Redding mode, complete with spot-on Stax/Volt horns and swirling Wurlitzer, while the funkfest of "Mississippi" and the gorgeous, hymnlike gospel of "The Sun Is Shining Down" showcase both the band's undeniable chops and Grey's raw vocal prowess. There are a few missteps. The dirge-like "On Palestine," another of Grey's back-porch family stories, drones on a little too long, and the closer, "Goodbye," limps toward the finish line. But those are minor quibbles. Country Ghetto is a down-and-dirty delight, and a fine addition to the swamp rock canon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551491422
  • Catalog Number: 4914
  • Sales rank: 22,824

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 War (3:27)
  2. 2 Circles (4:04)
  3. 3 Country Ghetto (4:02)
  4. 4 Tragic (3:30)
  5. 5 By My Side (4:10)
  6. 6 On Palastine (4:26)
  7. 7 Footsteps (2:19)
  8. 8 Turpentine (2:44)
  9. 9 A Woman (2:59)
  10. 10 Mississippi (4:28)
  11. 11 The Sun Is Shining Down (5:58)
  12. 12 Goodbye (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
JJ Grey & Mofro Primary Artist
JJ Grey Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Various
Hazel Miller Background Vocals
George Sluppick Drums
Cochemea Gastelum Tenor Saxophone
Liza Oxnard Background Vocals
Ian Hendrickson-Smith Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Daryl Hance Guitar, Slide Guitar
Linda Lewellyn Background Vocals
Adam Scone Organ, Bass
Elena Higginbotham Background Vocals
Harley Higginbotham "Uncle Sonny" Background Vocals
Shirley Higginbotham Background Vocals
Batya MacAdam-Somer Violin
Jessie Marino Cello
Hayley Neher Viola
Elena Higginbothan Background Vocals
David Mediine Violin
Donna Medine Violin
Technical Credits
Jim DeVito Engineer
Dan Prothero Producer, Engineer, Graphic Design, Audio Production
Cochemea Gastelum Arranger
Alex Mincek Arranger, String Arrangements
Ian Hendrickson-Smith Arranger
Jesse Aratow Executive Producer
Greg McRae Engineer
Ariel Benjamin Engineer
JJ Grey Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Author, Graphic Design, String Arrangements, Cover Art
Eugene Tidmore "Boogie" Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MOFRO rocks!

    I have loved MOFRO from the beginning, and this new compilation as good as the last two. I was a bit dubious about a few songs at first, but they are growing on me. It's a bit more soulful than the others, a nice touch in my opinion. I can't wait for the next one!

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